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Near Parkers Crossroads in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Battle of Parker's Crossroads

Tour Stop 2 - Hicks Field

 

—Early Morning, December 31, 1862 —

 
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
1. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Inscription. Union Colonel Cyrus L. Dunham's Brigade marched south from Clarksburg, Tennessee, and then, turned northwest from Parker's Crossroads to block the path of Forrest's troops. Dunham's move would ensnare the Confederates between his brigade and two pursuing Union brigades; Colonel John W. Fuller's Second Brigade, pursuing Forrest from the north, and Brigadier General Jeremiah C. Sullivan's First Brigade, moving eastward from Jackson, Tennessee.

The trap was sprung at Hicks Field, but it was Forrest who sprang it on Dunham and soon had the Union forces on the defensive. The 50th Indiana Infantry Regiment, the 18th Illinois Mounted Infantry Regiment and the 7th Wisconsin Artillery Battery marched up the road into the sights of Forrest's artillery. Sergeant Nat Baxter's opening shot dismounted one of the Union guns. The fire from Forrest's artillery and troopers was so fierce that the Union troops were forced to retreat towards the crossroads. Among the 40 men of the 7th Wisconsin engaged, five were killed, sixteen were wounded, and ten were captured. Three cannon were disabled.

Map (Left Side): Battle Action at Hicks Field
 
Erected by Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association.
 
Location. 35° 48.483′ N, 88° 
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
2. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
(yellow arrow)
24.432′ W. Marker is near Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is on Cecil Walls Road 1.2 miles north of Rock Springs Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at a pulloff beside the road next to an old abandoned house (in 2012). Marker is in this post office area: Yuma TN 38390, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pleasant Exchange (approx. one mile away); Parker's Crossroads (approx. 1.2 miles away); Freeman's Battery (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Tides of War (approx. 1.2 miles away); Morton's Battery (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Parkers Crossroads.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
3. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads Marker
Confederate View at Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
4. Confederate View at Marker Location
as they advanced south on the Old McLemoresville Road (now Cecil Walls Road)
Hicks Field from the Northwest Corner image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
5. Hicks Field from the Northwest Corner
still under cultivation.
Britt Creek View to East image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, April 24, 2012
6. Britt Creek View to East
As shown on the marker map, Britt Creek runs through Hicks Field.
 
 
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